Friday, August 26, 2022

Reminder for SLI Residents:
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cafe
8:30-10:00 am at Stoody Hall
Update for the Clarks on Wesley Avenue:
No available rehab. room in Warsaw

Fay Clark has been taken to the Le Roy Village Green for rehabilitation. They were hoping for Warsaw for convenience of travel but were told there were no available rooms. It was reported Wednesday that Fay also, at that point, had a case of pneumonia. Sarah would very much appreciate your prayers.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

GLOW Region NewsByron-Bergen:
B-B senior participates in Boys’ State


Joshua Tardy, who was then a junior at Byron-Bergen Junior-Senior High School, was called to the principal’s office one day during the spring semester.

He was not in trouble, though. He was called to the office so that the principal could inform Joshua that he had qualified to apply to Boys’ State, an American Legion leadership and citizenship program for high school juniors, which focuses on exploring American government and politics.

Though initially unfamiliar with the program, Joshua did some research and decided to contact the Bergen American Legion Post for an interview. He was selected to attend the week-long event at SUNY Morrisville along with three other representatives from Genesee County.

GLOW Region News — A Call For Change:
Petition urges safety improvements at East Avon intersection after latest crash

Injuries were reported to five people following this August 14th accident at Lakeville (Route 15) and Sutton Roads in East Avon. A petition is calling for safety improvements to be made at the intersection.
--East Avon Fire Dept. Photograph

Greg Norry has had enough. The Sutton Road resident has started an online petition at calling for safety improvements at the Lakeville (Route 15) and Sutton and Lake roads intersection.

Norry, who lives on Sutton Road three homes away from the intersection, took action after a two-vehicle crash on Aug. 14 sent five people, including two young children, to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. One young woman suffered significant injuries and was flown to the hospital by Mercy Flight Central.

Norry was among several neighbors who joined first responders in helping at the scene after the crash.

“I held a 4-year-old in my arm. I had her blood down my arm, on my shirt and my pants as I tried to console her,” Norry told The Livingston County News on Monday. “I knew she wasn’t hurt bad, but then I saw her sister being carried and she was like a limp rag.”

Norry, in his petition, is asking for consideration of either a four-way stop sign, a full traffic light or lowering the speed limit along Route 15.

Others have joined in his call for changes. More than 700 people had signed the petition as of Aug. 24.

With the Unique Tremolos of the Hammond/Leslie Organ:
Grizzwoode Band with their unique sound returns to the SLI Dock Friday

This three piece band has been asked to return more than once not only because of their unique sound, but also their mix of classic and contemporary rock with some alternative music sprinkled in. You'll want to hum or sing along.

Those who are connoisseurs of the Hammond and Leslie tones, will once again enjoy the blend of the new digital organ as it is enhanced by the spinning speakers of the Leslie tone box. The dual guitars round out the musical background for the male vocalists. Don't miss it ... Friday at 7 pm.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Hand Made Quilts were on Display in Hoag:
Second Last 'Dessert on the Dock' 
has Season's highest attendance, 25

A very comfortable evening and one that invited Lake residents to view the beautiful quilts that the Piecemakers had created throughout the summer, may have enhanced the attendance. Thirty quilts were displayed at Hoag Gallery's first floor, but ten additional quilts will be added to the thirty displayed this evening and delivered to those who most need them.

Next Summer you are invited to join the Piecemakers every Wednesday morning at Hoag. You can learn to make a quilt  or simply help others who will be happy to show you how to help.

There is one more 'Dessert on the Dock' remaining for the Season at 7 pm next Wednesday.
Perry FD First with Sufficient Personnel on the Scene:
Three on roof rescued by Neighbors 
in Silver Springs fire Tuesday morning

Photo by Mark Gutman of the Daily News - Perry Fire Dept. personnel respond to the morning fire.

Three people had to be rescued from a roof Tuesday morning after a fire started at a Maple Street home, Wyoming County Emergency Services reported. Several fire departments responded to a house fire called in at 6:49 a.m. Tuesday at 18 Maple St. The two-story residence, owned by Kyle Burger, was destroyed.

“Two adults and a baby had to exit the home through a second-floor bedroom window onto a porch roof. A neighbor assisted the individuals with a ladder in removing them from the roof to the ground,” county Emergency Services said.

The Red Cross is assisting the family. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation, the county said this morning.

The fire departments responding to the scene were Silver Springs, Castile, Gainesville, Perry, Perry Center, Warsaw, Wyoming, Pike, Nunda and Wyoming Correctional. Responders were at the scene for about four hours.

Assisting at the scene were Wyoming County Emergency Services, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department, Silver Springs Department of Public Works, National Fuel and the Red Cross. Standing by were the Gainesville, Nunda and Mount Morris fire departments.

The SLI Spiritual Life Committee is Collecting School Supplies. If you can't make it to the Lakewide Lakeside Community Worship on Sunday at 10:30 am at the SLI Dock, School Supplies may be dropped off on the front porch (facing the Lake) of the first house on Wesley Ave. (south side, which is the opposite side of the road from Hoag Gallery; Larry & Barb's).
A Silver Lake Newsletter Special:
Episode 4 - Epworth Hall
by the WNY Landmark Society

We hope you have enjoyed watching this WNY video with scenes from Silver Lake, 
Epworth Hall, Silver Lake Institute and Downtown Perry, NY.

In Memoriam

Tim Woodworth
of Thompson Avenue, Silver Lake
passed on Tuesday, August 23, 2022

More Information to Follow.
Rep. Tenney wins GOP primary 
for GLOW's new 24th District

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney held off a Republican primary challenge on Tuesday to advance to the general election for the new 24th Congressional District seat that includes much of the GLOW region. Tenney, R-Utica, led lawyer Mario Fratto of Geneva by 17,277 to 12,988 votes with 90% of the election districts counted, according to unofficial returns from the state Board of Elections. That’s a 53.4% to 40.2% edge.
Wednesday 71.5° at 9:33 am--High 77--Sunny!
SLN News Briefs

A backup generator has been approved for the Wyoming County Ag & Business Center of Excellence. The county’s Board of Supervisors approved a contract last Tuesday with the Milton Cat company of Batavia. It allows for purchase and installation of a generator, at a cost not to exceed $332,533. The generator will be located outside the Ag & Business Center. The contract is effective through the project’s completion. The Ag & Business center is home to multiple county departments and associated agencies. The Ag & Business Center is located on 36 Center St. in Warsaw.

 Jarrett C. Coniglio
A Genesee County grand jury has filed a six-count felony indictment against a man accused of trying to stab a woman to death during an altercation in April.  Jarrett C. Coniglio, 29, of Bloomingdale Road on the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, is charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, intimidating a witness, criminal mischief and menacing.  Coniglio is accused of stabbing the woman about 2 am April 11 at a residence on Sandhill Road. The woman suffered serious injuries.  The attack happened while Coniglio was free after twice being indicted by a grand jury, one of which was for the assault of a police officer. 

Update: The former law firm of attorney Steve Barnes isn’t happy with the NTSB’s conclusion on his tragic plane crash, a managing attorney with the firm said Monday. But the firm is thankful for and appreciative of the way the National Transportation Safety Board handled the investigation, said Managing Attorney Robert Schreck of The Barnes Firm Injury Attorneys. The NTSB stated Friday in its final report, that On Oct. 2, 2020, Barnes lost control of the plane prior to the crash, but it doesn’t know why he lost control. Barnes and his niece Elizabeth Barnes were both killed.
Visit #1 circa 1893; Visit #2 was Mike Randall in 2022:
Mark Twain's original visit to SLI was under the auspices of the Hoag family; 
in 2022 it was the auspices of SLE, and sponsor Bob Blauer of Hanna Real Estate
The photo on the left is the actual Mark Twain being hosted by the Hoag's of Alden in their summer cottage on Lakeview Ave. just a little south of Wesley Ave. at Silver Lake. Mr. Hoag is the one who built the Hoag Memorial Museum and Library where his wife's works of art could be displayed. When she died, he left the Hoag Gallery building, with a stipend for maintenance, to the Silver Lake Institute, then named the Silver Lake Assembly, in the year 1895. The photo on the right is Mike Randall of WKBW 7 Buffalo who travels around doing an excellent portrayal of Mark Twain which was very well received by those attending the 2022 Silver Lake Experience.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Congressional Primaries in Two Parts; Frost, 25, Wins in FL:
Primary today in GLOW region ends;
Results not yet known, counting continues throughout New York State

Compiled by Staff of Batavia Daily News; Edited by SLDN

It’s primary day in New York — again. In the four-county GLOW region, Republican voters had options on the ballot in the primary race for Congress.

Today’s primaries were originally planned to be held in June with the primary races for governor, Assembly and local seats, but the last-minute redistricting of New York’s congressional and state Senate lines pushed them to August.

Voters registered to a party hosting a primary in their congressional district had been able to vote early at their county board of elections site or an alternate open site since Aug. 13. Today, poll sites were open for full polling hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Early voting numbers showed a lighter turnout than the early voting from June. In Livingston County, 51 people cast ballots through eight days of voting with two days seeing no votes. Early voting began Aug. 13 and ran for nine days, ending Aug. 21.

In Genesee County, there had been 63 early votes as of Thursday.

For the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Genesee, Livingston and Wyoming counties, and the southern portion of Orleans County – and covers an expansive area that ranges from Niagara County through the Finger Lakes and north to western Jefferson County, Republican voters had the chance to select their preferred candidate. Incumbent Rep. Claudia L. Tenney, R-Utica, who currently serves in the 22nd Congressional District, faced a challenge from Geneva-based businessman and former lawyer, Mario J. Fratto. George Phillips, a Binghamton resident who followed Rep. Tenney into this primary race but never officially campaigned, was also on the Republican ballot for NY-24.

The winner of that race will advance onto the general election against Democrat Steven W. Holden Sr., an Army veteran and business owner from Camillus. 

Last of Monday's News 2:26 am Tuesday:
Silver Lake Newsletter Briefs

NTSB says Steve Barnes, 61, lost control in his fatal Pembroke plane crash for "undetermined reasons" two years ago. Both he and his niece, Elizabeth Barnes, were killed in the crash. The NTSB issued its final report Friday.

A pickup truck hauling a trailer and traveling west on the Thruway left the road and crashed into the Slusser Road bridge abutment, near Pembroke, late Sunday afternoon. The crash caused the trailer to detach and the Dodge Ram to end up vertically against the abutment. Both occupants of the pickup were pronounced dead at the scene and taken to Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy. The victims were identified as Thomas T. Cartmel, 64, of Crossville, Alabama and his passenger Deborah J. Burrelli, 67, of Rochester.

Dean Gardner Jr., 45, of Pavilion faces charges following the choking of a woman in his truck parked on Warsaw Road to the point of not being able to breathe. Following that, Gardner went to the back of the truck to retrieve a gas can and attempted to set his driver's seat on fire. The woman texted for help so as not to be heard summoning help. Genesee County Emergency Dispatchers received the text and soon police arrived. Gardner was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree arson, second-degree menacing with a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon and felony possession of a weapon. He was arraigned in Town Court and -- get this -- released on his own recognizance. No word on the traumatized woman.
Having Published the News this Past Saturday and Sunday:
Tuesday will be the day for personal business and catch-up for this one man

I really do try to keep to the relatively new Monday through Friday publishing schedule, but there are simply times when the rapidity of the news throughout the weekend gets to be overwhelming and to hold it back, in an effort to accomplish something else, is simply counterproductive. News Updates possible Tuesday evening but more likely on Wednesday.

In addition to catching up on personal business, the Silver Lake season quite often peaks right before the Season ends. With the Trustee meetings having moved to the third Saturday of the month, and with the Appreciation Dinner occurring on the same week with all the rest of the regular schedule, it is safe to say that last week was one of those peak weeks! And what a joy it was!

You will notice, above, that I have published the last two weeks of the official SLI season instead of one week at a time. Hopefully this will help in your planning as we approach the SLI End of Season, the month of September, and the Starting of School responsibilities.

Next week has some potential to also peak as I learn and fill in schedule information not yet available to the Newsletter. In addition, the Silver Lake Experience Planning Committee will come together to celebrate what seems to have turned out to be ... a banner season for the SLE. I can not and would not miss that!

SLE continues to provide a real renaissance for both the Silver Lake Institute and the Asbury Retreat Center, and ultimately to the benefit of all of Silver Lake and its surrounding communities, and County.

It has been a privilege and joy to be a part of it and look eagerly to writing more about it with input from my fellow workers.

Monday, August 22, 2022

SLI Trustees - An Unofficial Report:
September Meeting SLI News Briefs

  • Work begins on the replacement of the Epworth Hall floor on Sept.19. The September SLI Trustee Meeting will be held at Hoag.
  • A new Committee was established by the SLI Board for the purpose of applying for funds through Grant Writing.
  • The Playground Committee's approved plan to purchase Park equipment is on temporary hold due to higher than expected shipping costs. The Committee will now look at local companies or Amazon Prime which does not charge shipping.
  • The Communications Committee got approval to apply to the online payment company, PayPal to provide convenience for making contributions toward projects, donations, and paying taxes for those who prefer.
  • The question, "Is Hedding the only street without drainage down to Lakeview Ave.?" There is one aged grate which might give evidence of drainage but further investigation will be used to see if other grates are covered over with debris. 
  • The Trustees elected officers and three of the four were re-elected without hesitation. The position of Secretary was open. Peggy Phillips was nominated and elected.
  • The Grounds Committee reported that there are 10 trees that are dead and will be removed as the company is available to do so. Nine of ten will be paid for from this year's budget and one from next year's Tree Budge Amount.
  • The Program Committee reports that this year the attendance is up, the collections are up, satisfaction is up, but grant money is down due to the high number applying last year for grant money.
  • A property owner with land next to Institute property talked about a significant water drainage problem, but will now receive some time and effort by volunteers from SLI Trustees in working with the County and Town to get her problem solved. SLI Trustees have determined that, financially, the responsibility is not the SLI's but belongs to the County or Town. This was discussed during "Visitor's Time" on the SLI Trustee Agenda.
  • Next Meeting of the SLI Trustees is Sept. 17, 2022 at 10 am and will be held in Hoag Memorial Hall, 2 Wesley Ave. corner Lakeview Ave.
$40,000 Historical Society Grant to Cover Cost:
Epworth floor removal and refinishing project scheduled to begin Sept. 19th

Since floor replacement first came up at Epworth Hall, it seems no one has made any public issue questioning the need for such a substantive project. This is due to the obvious wear and tear on the linoleum squares and the tape-type patches applied in an effort to keep people from tripping and falling.

Those days may now be numbered as the date for work to begin on the removal process has been set and it is hoped that there will be no complication to hold it up. The project will begin with the removal of most movable objects from the main floor. The contractor has agreed to move one or more pianos that are placed on adequate casters. The keyboard console is slated to be placed on the stage. 

On behalf of the musicians at SLI, Trustee J. Hoffner requested that tarps or other adequate covers be placed over the musical instruments before work is begun to prevent damage or even destruction in the case of the electronic keyboard console.

The plan of action calls for the asphalt tiles to be removed and disposed of in the prescribed legal manner. This would be followed by the removal of the sub-flooring down to the original wood floor which will then be refinished. 

Trustees are hoping to have a taker for the last old, dark wood piano remaining on the main floor. It was left until last because it worked the best of those previously remaining and held its tune well in spite of not being in perfect condition. Opinions differ on its quality and usability. Anyone interested in taking it should contact the SLI office at 585-237-6639 as soon as possible.

The September meeting of the Trustees will take place Sept. 17, 2022 at Hoag Memorial Hall, 2 Wesley Ave. corner Lakeview Ave.
Performed Saturday Coffee House then Next Morning:
Super Moon featured again at Sunday morning community Service at the dock

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Volunteers Make It All Happen:
Appreciation Dinner thanks volunteers on behalf of SLI, SLE, and Asbury

Volunteers who have a heart for the Silver Lake Institute (SLI), the Asbury Retreat Center, and the Silver Lake Experience (SLE) make it possible for each to serve their communities with a minimal of paid employees.

Volunteers make the Silver Lake Institute (SLI) all the more attractive and beautiful without increasing its costs to the taxpayers. Volunteers supplement the small paid staff and make the current efficiency possible. Love of community and the beauty of its surroundings inspire our eager volunteers.

The small paid staffs of Asbury and SLI combined could not put on what the volunteers now make possible!

SLI provides a special "Thank You" to their volunteers and all volunteers by way of the Annual Appreciation Dinner. This year's Dinner was this past Thursday, August 18th, 2022. Each year the opportunity is given for anyone who has observed someone doing good work as a volunteer to nominate that person as a Silent Hero who, on this one occasion, receives accolades, applause, and a Certificate of Appreciation for their volunteer work.

This year we honored three SLI residents as Silent Heros. They each were presented with plaques by their nominator and a representative of the SLI Trustees (this year SLI Trustees Kevin Colburn, Bill Schaefer, and Jill Knitter). Those who received plaques and became Silent Heroes were: Joe Szwaczkowski, Doug Wilson, and Chuck Dusel.

Last Minute Save Results in Absolutely Delicious Event:
Saturday morning Breakfast Cafe gets a big ThankYou for Going the Extra Mile

They'll Play Again Sunday Morning 10:30 at the Service:
Super Moon returned to Stoody Hall for a Saturday Night Coffee House

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Communications and Playground were Previously Added:
A new committee has been established by SLI; another on the horizon possible

Historically, the Silver Lake Institute (SLI) was not known for its being a progressive place, especially back in its past existence as a religious camp ground and part of the early Chautauqua movement. Even just prior to 2016 we were keenly aware of our legal existence as an Extension Ministry of the United Methodist Church. But that was then, and this is now. 

Since our separation from the church and charter revision in State Supreme Court on Feb. 2, 2016, our new, independent, non-profit status has allowed the Institute and its leaders to dream and to ask the question, "In what ways could we become an even better community?"

This new excitement has been enhanced by a series of enthusiastic, new community members who have made the SLI their home in this recent era and already become eagerly active among us. They bring a plethora of ideas and energy to a group of aging leaders and workers, but only if you consider retirement and the 70s+ as "aging" ;-) .

These wonderful people demonstrated how both new and some old ideas can be successful when the time and conditions are ready for them. Our last two relatively new committees under the SLI Board are excellent examples of their official work.
Downtown Revitalization
DRI/NYF Downtown Grant Application

The Village of Perry is applying for up to $10M in grant funding to support public and private projects. These opportunities are designed to catalyze downtown revitalization. If successful with an application, the timeline from grant award to completed projects would span multiple years.

The opportunity that is presented by these programs ties into long-range Village priorities, which are described in the Comprehensive Plan and illustrated by other initiatives.

Wyoming County: Expanding Capabilities, Improving Buildings:
$2 million renovation project approved at Fire Training Center on Wethersfield

A $2 million capital project will renovate the Wyoming County Fire Training Center on Wethersfield Road. The project was approved Tuesday by the county’s Board of Supervisors. A total of $597,289 in federal funding secured by Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-Orchard Park, will help cover the costs.

“The intention is to begin the project in late winter/early spring of 2023,” said Director Brian Meyers of the county’s Fire and Emergency Management Department. “The project that was approved by the board will allow the Building and Grounds Department to identify an architect to complete a design and a construction firm to manage the project.”

The facility’s main building needs a complete renovation, Meyers said. Insulation has fallen out of place in multiple parts of the building, creating moisture issues, he said. Overhead door jams have also rusted through due to inadequate heating and cooling.